Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat stated that she would have founded the Society of the Sacred Heart for the “sake of a single child.” This commitment is at the heart of our mission. Committed to the well-being and safety of all children, the United States – Canada Province strongly opposes the separation and detainment of children seeking asylum with their families at the United States Southern Border and the inhumane conditions under which they are being held. The current government policies terrorize and traumatize children, and must be stopped.
Today we celebrate the feast of the Sacred Heart, that space wide and deep enough for all the anguish, brokenness and pain being poured into it, alongside all the beauty and joy. We celebrate as a global community, separated by time zones and miles, but united in a common spirituality, mission and desire.
Today’s Gospel, Matthew 9:9-13, is about the call of Matthew, the tax collector. It tells us so much about Christ’s compassionate heart!
Jesus, walking along the road with his disciples, comes to the stall on the side of the road where Matthew collects taxes for the Roman occupiers. Surely his eyes are on Jesus, and he is very aware of his own sinfulness and rejection by his own people